January Changing Seasons

Here in the northern hemisphere, we are in the midst of the coldest season of the year. Although we have passed the shortest day, our days are still short and post the festive season, the darkness and the cold can feel pervading. However, we can still have bright and beautiful days. Nature is still at work. We also got a sprinkling of snow for a couple of days. Sharing some of my January seasonal images –

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One of my new bog challenges for 2017 is to participate in a monthly photo challenge –

The Changing Seasons by Cardinal Guzman

 

Le Grand Depart – Once in a Lifetime

Today’s colour is Unmellow Yellow. I felt it was fitting to share photos from a very unmellow yellow day back in 2014 when we celebrated Le Grand Depart of The Tour De France coming to Yorkshire, England.

I am not a fan of cycling or sport in general, however, I knew this was a once in a lifetime experience. This was a fantastic community event. People decorated outside their houses, shops decorated their windows and the whole area went unmellow yellow!

The atmosphere was brilliant. The sun was shining. We knew we were witness to something special. Who knew cyclists could go so fast. The speed and the intensity of the race was incredible. The community coming together to share, enjoy and celebrate. A day to be truly proud to be from Yorkshire. 

 

#coloryourworld 120 Days of Crayola

 

My Bonfire Night – Embracing the Darkness of the Season

Bonfire NightI am Scottish, although I now live in North Yorkshire. Many of the Scottish traditions stem from it’s Gaelic history.

Autumn is synonymous with Halloween, which was traditionally Samhain in Scotland. Samhain was one of the four main festivals of the Gaelic calendar, it marks Summer’s end. During Samhain bonfires were traditionally lit on hilltops in Scotland.

The Samhain bonfires were traditionally lit on the evening on the 31st October. It marked the end of the light half of the year and the beginning of the Celtic new year or the dark half of the year. Sacred fires were a big part of the cleansing of the old year and a method to prepare for the coming new year. Feasts were held and bonfires were lit throughout the countryside. The bonfires were to warm friendly spirits and ward off evil spirits, and also represented the sun, which they wished would return, bringing heat and growth.Read More »